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Neighbors fed up with crime in community fighting back

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Neighbors fed up with criminals breaking into their homes are fighting back.

People who live in the East Atlanta subdivision of Eastside Walk said over the past few months homes were burglarized at least once a week.

As one couple left their house, they were burglarized.

In surveillance video, police saw the passenger getting out first and breaking in. The driver returned and then both crooks walked out of the house carrying TVs, and one was wearing a backpack.

Within seven minutes, in addition to their car and house keys and TVs, the burglars stole items that could cost the couple years to replace.

"The sad thing, they took my wife's wallet which had her green card in it, and that's a lot of work to get those things," said the victim.

Fed up neighbors decided not to wait for the police to act.

A man driving a Cadillac flipped it while running from the police on Monday.

Jesse Leblanc spotted the car less than 24 hours after the men driving it broke into his neighbor's house.

"He took off and around the first corner. Before police got right up to him, he had already lost control of the vehicle, flipped the vehicle," said Leblanc.

Leblanc helped DeKalb County Police arrest 17-year-old Travione Reynolds.

"I tackled him on the ground and held on to him until other officers arrived," Leblanc said.

Police are still searching for the second burglary suspect.

Reynolds lives only a few blocks from the community he's accused of stealing from.  He is charged with burglary and theft.

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